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Office of Executive Secretary 
Uxbana* Illinois 
December 1, 1940 


fnurth anrual meeting of the School Broadcast Conference will be 
he?d?n the ingress Ho?fl! Chicago, December 4-6. Many NA£B members 
nill be on hand^ Harold Kent is looking for a large attendance, 
including many of you members. Complete programs were maile_ y 
in previous News Letters and packets c 


r-r fnri Haverlin Manager of Station Relations for Broadcast Music ? 
Inc, has sent the*NAEB Executive Secretary the following communication 
in response to my letter suggesting complimentary licenses for h 
non-commercia 1 members: 

•Y0» »»aoubt, a iy .J.»J that th. Mojaojrt ha. 

SJTlJMfU: felt *= >.= i».<,»i«bl,. 

"BUI publishes its own music, popularaswellasstandard^In 
addition to our own publications, we have aco,uired the performing 
rights to over 150,000 selections to date. These include 120,000 
selections In the famous Ricordi catalog; H. U. Cole, containing 
Quantities of hill billy and folk music now in SJSSAO and 
available to Bill subscribers after January 1st); Hin Jf> ^? yd ?? e & 

El dredge; E. C. Schirmer of Boston; and Peer Inte ’ avail 

Latin-American catalog of Southern Music (now in AoCAP and avail 
able to our subscribers after January ^st), 

noSw tf music Cut also, ulttout adJltlonal cast physical 

property consisting of printed sheet music and arrangements o 
our publications, 

"Commercial stations pay us, of course a “l ar6 

receiving a bonus of some 500 transcribed selections prior t0 
Jinuary 1st Non-commercial stations may receive these bonus 
transcriptions by paying us 32.50 per disc, which covers our 

NAEB NEWS LETTER,_Dec. 1, 1940..... Page 2 

pressing and handling charges only. They include a considerable 
amount of public domain arrangements* 

"To date, the following non-commercial stations have subscribed: 

WBBE Brooklyn, New York; WBKY Beattyrille, Kentuoky; WOSU Columbus, 
Ohio; VWBI Chicago, Illinois; WHA Madison, Wisconsin; KWLC Decorah, 
Iowa; WCAL Northfield, Minnesota; WTAW College Station, Texas; 

KF9G Los Angeles, California and KOAC Corvallis, Oregon. 

"Although this problem of the commercial industry does not affect 
you, I am sure you will be in sympathy with this effort to bring 
to an end a situation which has become intolerable. 

"I appreciate the interest which prompted your inquiry and trust 
that we may have the pleasure of receiving your support." 

Sincerely yours, 


Carl Haverlin 

Manager of Station Relations 

November 1, 1940 

You will note that a number of NAEB members have already arranged 
to use BMI music. It is the feeling of the NAEB Executive Committee 
that deoisions regarding this matter should be left to individual 
stations. However, don't fail to make your decision before it is 
too late. 


The Committee on Radio Broadcasting of the National Association of 
State Universities composed of President A. 0. Crane, chairman. 
President I. D. Weeks, President J. J. Tigert, and President C. A. 
Dykstra made its annual report to the association on November 8 
in Chicago. Exoerpts from*the report are worthy of special note 
here. Perhaps you will wish to read the oomplete report which 
will be available in many of your libraries. 

On progress in radio broadcasting, the commit-se report says, 

"Last year's report showed remarkable progress in oivio broad¬ 
casting by state universities. This year's report shows continued 
and more rapid progress throughout the nation. The developments 
have been so encouraging and so wide spread that it is very diffioult 
to summarize them. Consequently, the report of your Committee this 
year will consist ohiefly of a summary of reports from individual 
schools. The "High Spots" are so numerous and so important that 
the individual reports from the sohools are all worthy of attention. 

"Last year*8 survey showed progress in the following features of 
civic broadcasting: 

NaEB NEWS LETTER_.DeCo 1, 1940 ..... Page 3 

A greater emphasis upon program production. 

Establishment of radio libraries. 

Establishment of courses in radio broadcasting and its use. 

Inc 'eased use of recordings . 

Organization of councils for cooperative production of broadcasts. 
Better cooperation between schools and commercial stations. 

An increasing recognition of university obligation in broadcasting 

Establishment of adequate broadcasting staffs and radio budgets. 
Improved publicizing of programs. 

Establishment of local studios for radio work shops, both as 
training centers and producing centers. 

«Tfce renorte this year from member institutions show continuation 
of orogrese in all the features listed above. Instead of attempting 
to amplify and support each item in the above list, it will be more 
satisfactory to the reader to examine the appended statements for 

each school." 

Listed as "high spots" in the report are the following paragraphs: 

"ILLINOIS - Station WILL, owned and operate! by the University of 
Illinois, reports the most successful year in its history. During 
the year more than 2,000 persons v:rote the station commending pro- 
grams. Complaints during the same period numbered five. WILL 
averaged 10 hours of operation during week-days. Thirty-seven 
courses were broadcast direct from the classroom. One of the five 
eyries of education dramas was produced at the request of the 
»i„ u Office of Education. Musical programs use only classical 
and semi-o’lassi cAl music. Programs of panel-discussion or roun^- 
table-type were continued. Special series of programs were 
arranred in many fields of education. The noon-day farm program 
?aa presented by the College of Agriculture every week day, 
supplemental by special broadcasts. Special events and sports 
event* were broadcast with noticeable appreciation of alumni. 

The professional colleges presented a series of health programs. 
There was a weekly Parent-Teacher Forum, and 

editorials :vere read during the year on "The Illinois Editorial 
Review,* an original feature of WILL, which has since been ocpl«- 

by commercial broadcasting. 

"Additional personnel is needed as well as office and studio space. 
ProfessorR. B. Browne is chairman of the Radio Advisory Committee 
and Mr. Josef F. Wright is Director ol the Station WILL staff. 

"INDIANA - During the past year three weekly programs have been 
carried over WIRE, Indianapolis, entitled 'The Editorial of the 
Air 11 a round-table discussion*, a half-hour variety program con¬ 
sisting of drama, music, and interview; the Indiana University 
Ensemble, consisting of classical and semi-classical music, has 
just been accepted by the Mutual Broadcasting System as a regular 
weekly chain program. 

"The North Central Radio Conference was held on the campus in June. 
The conference was primarily to get constructive criticism of 
educational pro rams and to determine how mutual cooperation could 


Dec. 1, 1940 

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be developed. 

"Courses are conducted in radio broadcasting, script vrriting, radio 
in education, and research in radio. Mr. Robert £. Allen is director 
of radio programs, and Dr. Lee Norvelle is responsible for the 
administrative part of the work. On January 1st they expect to move 
into new headquarters where they will have the most modern type of 
broadcasting equipment, adequate studios, and auditioning facilities. 

"IOffA - Radio Station WSUI has, during the past year, oompleted the 
installation of new transmitting equipment and directional antennae, 
with a power of 5,000 watts day and 1.000 watts night. An application 
is on file with the Federal Communications Commission to increase 
the night-time power to 5,000 watts. A new building devoted entirely 
to radio broadcasting has been erected with entirely new equipment 
following the latest engineering practices. Total expenditure for 
this orolect has been approximately Jl37,000.00. The radio station 
opera*- V with a budget of $8,000.00 annually for maintenance and op¬ 
eration. The State University broadcasts approximately thirteen 
and a quarter hours daily. Carl H. Menzer, Director. 

"Outstanding figures in many fielos of radio University 

of Iowa'' first annual radio conference October 17-19, 1940. The 
object of the three-day conference was to consider problems in 
applied radio, consisting of lectures, discussions and demonstrations. 

"KANSAS - The University of Kansas owns and operates its own station, 
KFKU, which shares time with 1/ifREN, a regional station affiliated with 
the N.P.C. Blue Network. KFKU is on the air an average of six hours 
per week during the school year. The University provides a budget 
of 4,550.00 for the broadcasting station. During the 
the station broadcast 585 different programs, involving 35 different 
departments and eight colleges of the University. Faculty members 
presented approximately seventy percent of the total number of programs. 

"No dei nite move has been made toward the organization of a radio 
council. However, some attempt has been made to encourage the ctate 
Department of Education to take tie initiative in forming a radio 

council on a state-wide basis. 

"KENTUCKY - University of Kentucky programs are broadoast regularly 
over the Mutual Broadcasting System, six carried coaet-to-coast ; 

The Southern Network; V/HAS, Louisville; "L", Cincinnati; JLAh, 
Lexington. The School of the Air is presented five days a week 
the programs designed so as to be equally helpful to B°hool ch 
and adults. Five fifteen minute agricultural programs are presented 
weekly. Miscellaneous programs include "From the Kentucky Mountains, • 
"Listening Centers, "The Wildcat Review," "Behind the Headlines, 

"Trie Best Band in Dixie," student interviews. The Rhythmettes, 
"Visitinq Kentucky’s Industries,” and rc~ -7 special features originating 
in the University of Kentucky studios. Mr. Elmer 8. Sulzer is Director 
of Radio Activities. 

"In order to make the University and other valuable radio features 

NAEB NEWS LETTER^_ Dec. 1, 1940. Page 5 

available to people living in the more remote portions of eastern 
and south-eastern Kentucky, a plan was inaugurated during the spring 
of 1833 whereby the University would administer the equipping of 
such locations with radio sets, the operators of such Listening 
centers to see that they were tuned regularly to educational and 
other cultural programs of worth, and to encourage people to come 
in and listen. Funds for the purchase of the sets for such centers 
have been donated by public spirited organizations and individuals* 
There are thirty-eight Listening Centers at present. 

"As an experiment in testing the value of a closely controlled 
educational and cultural radio system in the Kentucky mountains, the 
University of Kentucky has established a 100 watt station V7BKY, to 
be located at Beattyvllle, and to be operated in close cooperation 
with the Lee County Board of Education. Each of the fifty-four 
schools in Lee County will be equipped with receivers. The University 
of Kentucky College of Education has carefully developed a thirty- 
minute program to be broadcast to Lee County schools each day of 
the week and designed to supplement the students* regular work. In 
addition broadcasts will include news, agriculture, homemaking, health, 
weather, time, and numerous other services. 

"MICHIGAN - During the past year the University of Michigan presented 
19 radio programs weekly over three commercial stations: WJR, Detroit; 
WCAR, rontiac; WMBC, Detroit. These stations provided their facilities 
free, the University paying telephone tolls upon programs to the 
station’s transmitter. Such series as ”The Awakening Community,” 

“Your Interesting Children,”“World Affairs,” “Iivmns You All Should 
Know,” “Marital Relation Series,” "Michigan High School Forensic 
Association Series,” and student forums were presented. A check on 
listening audiened is obtained by sending mimeographed copies of 
the various talks. 

4 The University Broadcasting 3ervice is an adjunct of the University 
^tension Service. It is under the control of a University Committee 
on Broadcasting and its Director since 1925 has been Professor Waldo 

Abbot • 

“The facilities are used by students in the Department of Speech. 
Classes in the fundamentals of radio, radio dramatics, radio writing, 
radio speech, and laboratory in the recording and reproduction of 

speech are offered. 

“The University has recently been granted authority for the application 
for a frecuency modulation station ktf, the application has not yet been 


"OHIO - Broadcasting program of over 38 hours per week over W03U 
presents a variety of cervices including: Thirty-nine Radio Junior 
College courses have been broadcast with a total enrollment of nearly 
10,000. Programs for schools were broadcast and received in a large 
number of classrooms throughout Ohio. Informal talks broadcast have 
included more than 1,000 appearanced by members of the faculty, repre¬ 
senting more than 60 departments of instruction. There are programs 

NAKB NEWS LETTER..... Dec, 1, 1940.Page 6 

of special interest to farmers, music broadcasts for cultural improve¬ 
ment, news and information, spedial broadcasts of meetings and lec¬ 
tures, and sports activities and games. An informal exchange of 
programs has been conducted, with the Mutual Broadcasting System. An 
aspect of the station*s work, assuming increasing importance, is the 
training and experience gained by students in broadcasting work. 

W03U programs have recently been honored through two "First Awards" 
in the National Exhibition of Recordings of radio programs. R. C. 
Higgy is Director of Broadcasting Station WOSU. 

"OKLAHOMA - The University of Oklahoma h^s done most of its broad- 
casting over its own station, WNAD. The Oklahoma Network was used, 
however, for two series of programs. Plans have been made for the 
building of a new antenna and the movement and improvement of WNaD* s 
transmission equipment. This is dependent upon a change of frequency 
in March, 1941. The WNAD budget is augmented by fees from classes 
in the various radio techniques, H. H. Leake, Production Manager, 
Radio Station WNAD. 

"A move is under way for the formation of a state radio council for 
the purpose of stimulating and promoting public service broadcasting. 
Two general meetings have been held, the last one on October 22 and 
23. The chairman of your Radio Committee has acted as consultant 
to the Oklahoma authorities at both conferences. Oklahoma is moving 
3 teadily towards the formation of a state-wide radio council on 
lines similar to the Rocky Mountain Radio Council. 

"OREGON - Three regular radio courses are taught. University students 
broadcast an average of four hours a week in the fields of news, 
poetry, music, drama, and quiz programs. The faculty likewise broad¬ 
cast about four hours a week. These broadcasts are made over KOAC, 
Corvallis, by remote control from Eugene. KOAC is state-owned and 
operated under the supervision of the State Board of Higher Educa¬ 
tion, Two studio 8 were constructed on the campus during the past 
summer and will be equipped and furnished during the course of the 

n ; ;UTH DAKOTA - The major trend during the past twelve months has 
been i. ward increased student control of station policies and practices 
until KU3D has reached the stage of being almost entirely student 
operated. actual control is vested in the faculty radio board and 
faeul ':.y ..rector who is the director of the University Information 
>e h ce. The station has as its purpose for broadcasting the dissem¬ 
ination of educational and public service features. KU3D has placed 
less emphasis upon strictly i oademic programs of limited interest, 
and decided emphasis upon broadcasts by and for children. A shift 
' of frequency from 890 to 660 is contemplated, subject to approval 
from FFC. 

"vn3C0‘:siN - The University of Wisconsin owns fcnd operated ?fliA, (940 
kc. , 500C watts). A staff of eight full-time and six part-time workers 
is employed. The Committee on Radio Broadcasting is authorized to 
formulate and recommend the broadcasting policies of the University, 
although station 1VHA is on the budget of the State Department of 
Agriculture. During 1939-40, WHA broadcast 58 hours a week at a 
cost oi $26,594.00 , or about $8.80 per broadcasting hour. Thirteen 

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NAEB NEWS LETTER. .. . . Dec. 1, 1940 

programs, planned especially for school listening, axe presented each 
week over the Wisconsin School of the Air. The 3chool of the Air is 
approved by the State Department of JPublic Instruction and the 
Wisconsin Education Association. The Wisconsin Research Project in 
School Broadcasting, financed by the General Education Board, was 
terminated in September, 1939. The report is being prepared for 

“The Wisconsin “College of the Air“ is in its seventh year. The 
program includes ten courses or weekly series of broadcasts. WHA 
broadcasts 28 hours of musical programs & week,about half of whioh 
are classical music. The Farm Program and the Home-makers* Program, 
broadcast daily, have been on the air since 1921. During a typical 
week as many as 150 students participate in WHA programs. The 
station offers a recording service to University and state depart¬ 

“The scope of broadcasting of WHA is broader than those encompassed 
by strictly university activities. State departments, other 
educational institutions and civic organizations carry their 
mess^g 8 to the public over the station. Political forums were 
arranged and put on during the primary and. regular election campaigns. 
Free time on the air was provided for all qualified parties and 
candidates and no censorship was exercised. This has been charact¬ 
erized as the “most democratic broadcasting in America.” 


WSaJ, Grove City College, was granted authority to determine operating 
power 'oy direct measurement of antenna power. (11/14/40; 

miA t University of Wisconsin, was also granted same authority. (11/14/40) 

7.0SU, Ohio State University, applied for similar authority. (11/15/40) 

UOi, Iowa State College, applied for the same authority. (11/15/40) 

WRUr, Worl .Vide Broadcasting Corp., was granted a^construction 
to make changes in equipment and increase power of station fur* 20 *5 

50 KW. (11/16/40) 

y/kar ichigan State College, was granted special permission to 
operate extra time on November 16th for football game broadcast. 


WRUF University of Florida, was granted special permission to operate 
extra time on November 16th in order to carry late football broadcast. 


WTAW, Texas A & M, app led for authority to determine operating power 
by dt ect measurement of antenna power. (11/20/40) 

University of Iowa, was granted special permission to reduce 
hours of operation from unlimited to 8 hours daily during Christmas 
reC’ess. (11/22/40) 

Scanned from the National Association of Educational Broadcasters Records 
at the Wisconsin Historical Society as part of 
"Unlocking the Airwaves: Revitalizing an Early Public and Educational Radio Collection." 

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